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Harlem Children’s Zone

School Social Worker

New York, NY

Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) - a world-renowned education and poverty-fighting organization based in New York - seeks an enthusiastic, dedicated, and mission-aligned Social Worker to join the Social Services department at Promise Academy Charter School.

The Social Worker will bring a passion for the mission of Harlem Children's Zone: break the cycle of intergenerational poverty with comprehensive, on-the-ground programming that builds up opportunities for children and families to thrive in school, work, and life.

Harlem Children's Zone/Promise Academy Charter Schools Social Work Team comprises 8 Social Workers, each assigned to one of the Promise Academy Schools. The team works closely with the Principals, Administration, and other Harlem Children's Zone entities to ensure optimal student success. The Social Work team members work to provide support and aim to help preserve families through strength-based approaches. The extent of involvement by a social worker varies and is based on many factors, including, but not limited to, the needs of the child and/or family. Team members provide school-based counseling services, assessments, crisis intervention, case management, advocacy, and referral services. The team is supervised by the Director of Social Services and is under the HCZ Wellness and Social Services umbrella.

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We are currently seeking a Certified Licensed Clinical School Social Worker (LCSW) and/or Certified Licensed School Social Worker (LMSW) for our students. The ideal candidate will bring a passion for the mission of Promise Academy and HCZ, an understanding and respect for the culture of all residents of Harlem, and experience working in a school setting with a love for children.

For more information, check out Want to Work at Harlem Children's Zone? Here's 7 Things You Need to Know .

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's of Social Work Degree
  • LMSW or LCSW licensing
  • One or more years of relevant experience is required
  • NYS School Social Work Certificate required

Who you are

  • MSW degree. LMSW or LCSW licensing with a minimum of one year of relevant experience is required, and an NYS School Social Work Certificate required
  • Passionate and mission-driven. Having a "Whatever It Takes" attitude is a must
  • Documented track record of personal and professional success
  • Extensive knowledge of child development and interventions
  • Experience in therapeutic modalities related to children and families in traditionally underserved communities, including assessment and treatment of trauma
  • Experience working within a school environment or extensive work experience with children in the high-school age group
  • Must have strong organizational and communication skills, verbal and written
  • Ability to work with parents, students, faculty, support staff, external government representatives, as well as school community groups
  • Patience, social intelligence, love of learning, self-control, love, gratitude, and a sense of humor

What you'll do

  • Lead the school's efforts in ensuring that students are emotionally supported through strength-based, solution-focused modalities
  • Provide individual and group counseling to address academic, personal, and/or interpersonal challenges, as per Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and/or as needed
  • Work collaboratively with Principals, Administration, Special Education Team, Teachers, Staff, and HCZ entities to help develop solutions to student, group, and school-wide issues
  • Coordinate services with external providers and link families to appropriate community resources as needed
  • Crisis intervention, referrals, and case management services to students and families
  • Conduct home and community visits as needed to assess student and family needs
  • Complete documentation, progress notes, and reports as required by the state, local and federal mandates and ethical responsibilities
  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement meetings/workshops involving a variety of topics and personnel
  • Serve as liaison on child welfare issues and share expertise with the school team
  • Attend regular staff meetings and professional development workshops
  • Provide workshops to school staff and parents on a variety of areas relating to child social/emotional development
  • Participates in grade-level, school-wide, and agency events
  • Is highly visible and present during school/after-school hours
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Monday-Friday


As a member of the Harlem Children's Zone team, you will join a supportive and inclusive community dedicated to helping children, families - and our staff - thrive. We offer highly competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package, and opportunities for growth.

Our exceptional full-time benefits include:

  • Highly competitive base salaries
  • Paid time off
  • Employee referral bonus
  • Career Advancement
  • No-cost health insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Short-and long-term disability
  • Additional voluntary benefits
  • Wellness discounts
  • Commuter benefits
  • Financial wellness perks
  • Additional Benefits (Discounts on flights, hotels, theme parks, concert tickets, and more.)

The annual salary range for this position is $70,000-$75,000, with a comprehensive benefits package including employer-covered health insurance. To be considered, interested applicants can also submit a cover letter and resume to No telephone inquiries or recruiters, please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants. HCZ is an EOE.


Client-provided location(s): New York, NY, USA
Job ID: Harlem-PROMI002459
Employment Type: Other

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
  • Parental Benefits

    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Leave of Absence
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Paid Holidays
    • Paid Vacation
  • Financial and Retirement

    • Performance Bonus
    • Pension
    • 401(K)
  • Professional Development

    • Promote From Within